Bill Curtsinger

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Bill Curtsinger
Bill Curtsinger
long exposure of a sea turtle featured on the cover of National Geographic, February 1994.
Born (1946-01-23) January 23, 1946 (age 77)
Other namesWilliam R. Curtsinger
Citizenship United States
Years active1967 (1967)–Present
Known forUnderwater photography

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Bill Curtsinger (also known as William R. Curtsinger) is an American, award-winning photographer and author best known for his pioneering work in underwater photography and natural history subjects. Curtsingers has photographed thirty-five articles, including six cover stories for National Geographic as well as a cover story for Life. His photos have also appeared in Smithsonian, Natural History, various scientific journals and a number of books worldwide.

The subjects of Curtsinger's stories have included species and natural systems such as harp seals,[1] right whales,[2] walruses,[3] monk seals,[4] penguins, [5] sea turtles,[6] dolphins,[7] beavers,[8] porpoises,[9] pelicans,[10] salt marshes,[11] Rift Valley lakes[12]and the New Jersey Pine Barrens.[13] His stories have featured locations such as Antarctica,[5] the Arctic,[14] the Baltic Sea,[15] Hawaii,[4] the Azores,[16] Oceania,[17] Russia,[3] Central and South America,[2]Canada,[18] Great Britain[19] and Africa.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 1972, during Curtsinger’s second photo assignment with National Geographic on salt marshes, he moved to Biddeford Pool, Maine, where in 1974 he married Kate Mahoney. They had two children together, Justin Thomas Curtsinger (1981) and Owen Russell Curtsinger (1986). In 1984 they moved to Portland, Maine and then to Yarmouth, Maine in 1994. In June 2003, Mahoney passed away from a seven-year battle with breast Cancer. Curtsinger and Mahoney were married for twenty nine years. During that time, Mahoney was responsible for the organizing and sales of Curtsinger’s stock photo images. Mahoney was also a founding member of Peregrine Press located in Portland, Maine.[20]

In 2006, on a west coast book tour for his book Extreme Nature he met Sue Ohlson, left Maine and moved to Port Townsend, Washington later that year. With the advance of the internet and declining stock photo sales, Curtsinger decided to no longer do magazine editorial and assignment work and became co-owner of Sunrise Coffee Company along with his wife, Sue Ohlson. They married in 2008.[20]

In 2021 he collaborated with Kenneth Brower on the book, Curtsinger: Reflections on the Life and Adventures of Bill Curtsinger, published in association with his Northwind Arts Grover Gallery photo retrospective.[20]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lavigne, David M. (January 1976). "Life or Death for the Harp Seal". National Geographic. Vol. 149, no. 1. pp. 128–142.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Payne, Roger (October 1972). "Swimming with Patagonia's, Right Whales". National Geographic. Vol. 142, no. 4. pp. 576–586.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b Carleton, Ray (October 1979). "Learning the ways of the Walrus". National Geographic. Vol. 156, no. 4. pp. 564–579.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b Ackerman, Diane (January 1992). "Last Refuge of the Monk Seal". National Geographic. Vol. 181, no. 1. pp. 128–144.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Matthews, Samuel W. (November 1971). "Antarctica's Nearer Side". National Geographic. Vol. 140, no. 5. pp. 622–655.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  6. ^ Rudloe, Anne & Rudloe, Jack (February 1994). "Sea Turtles: In a Race for Survival". National Geographic. Vol. 185, no. 2. pp. 94–122.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  7. ^ Linehan, Edward (April 1979). "The Trouble with Dolphins". National Geographic. Vol. 155, no. 4. pp. 506–540.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  8. ^ Bartlett, Des & Bartlett, Jen (May 1974). "Beavers". National Geographic. Vol. 145, no. 5. pp. 716–732.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  9. ^ Brower, Kenneth (1979). Wake of the Whale. Photographs by Bill Curtsinger. ISBN 978-0-52522-950-6.
  10. ^ Schreiber, Ralph W. (January 1975). "Bad Days For The Brown Pelican". National Geographic. Vol. 147, no. 1. pp. 110–123.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  11. ^ Connerty-Marin, David (November 20, 2001). "One of the 100". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved October 30, 2022. (subscription required)
  12. ^ a b Reinthal, Peter (May 1990). "The Living Jewels of Lake Malawi". National Geographic. Vol. 177, no. 5. pp. 42–51.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  13. ^ McPhee, John (January 1974). "The People of New Jersey's Pine Barrens". National Geographic. Vol. 145, no. 1. pp. 52–76.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  14. ^ MacInnis, Joe (August 1973). "Diving Beneath Arctic Ice". National Geographic. Vol. 144, no. 2. pp. 248–266.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  15. ^ Franzén, Anders (April 1989). "Remnants of a Mighty Warship". National Geographic. Vol. 175, no. 4. pp. 438–465.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  16. ^ Sténuit, R. (August 1975). "Treasure of Porto Santo". National Geographic. Vol. 148, no. 2. pp. 260–275.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  17. ^ Emory, Kenneth (December 1974). "The Coming of the Polynesians". National Geographic. Vol. 146, no. 6. p. 732.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  18. ^ Grenier, Robert & Tuck, James A. (July 1985). "16th Century Basque Whaling In America". National Geographic. Vol. 148, no. 1. pp. 40–71.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  19. ^ Rule, Margaret (May 1983). "Henry VIII's Lost Warship". National Geographic. Vol. 163, no. 5. pp. 646–675.  – via National Geographic archive (subscription required)
  20. ^ a b c Anderson, Ross (August 26, 2021). "Bill Curtsinger's Voyage: Camera to Coffee". Rainshadow Journal. Port Townsend, Washington. Retrieved October 19, 2022.